This is a great saddle in every way ... except is only 140mm, not the advertised 150mm. (I've measured it precisely with a mm ruler). Therefore, my sit bones straddle, not sit into the saddle. (By comparison, my Selle SLR measures its true 146mm.) What gives, Bike Tires Direct? Are there two widths for the Max Flight, and you happened to send me the narrow one?? Other than that, it is a great saddle in every way, especially with pelvis forward as on the drops or aerobars. If, indeed, I received a narrow version ... we need to make a trade for the advertised 150mm version.
The saddle definitely has flex built into it so if you are seeking a stiff(er) saddle to suit your stiff(er) framewheelset then this is not it. If however if you desire or need a responsive and supportive saddle that covers a variety of terrain like gravel or a rough daily commute (think NYCity roads) then this is a great choice. I have had 3 over the years. Great quality and feel too.
It fits my sit bones. The Max doesn't have that much padding, a good thing. The shape is deceptive when setting the tilt, it will look very nose down while a flat plate on top of the saddle shows level. The saddle holds up for years without squeaks or broken rails.
I am quite happy with this product and suspect that after another month or so it will have fully broken in my seat!
Bought the white saddle to go on my 2012 Trek Madone 4.5 road bike (it has a black, silver and white color scheme) and it is the best saddle for me after trying various Fizik models and other Selle Italia versions. I am 5'9, 160 lbs and this saddle though on the wide side fit comfortably for my sit bones. It is cushioned more than most saddles but still firm though I still ride with my padded cycling shorts. This is a well made seat with nice stitching and curves.
I had been eyeing this saddle for about a year. Needed a saddle with a larger cutout than my current Prologo Naga Pas that came stock with my road bike. I am 6'4 215lbs. Have used this for about a month now. I am still getting used to it and have already been pleased with the comfort afforded my private parts. Build quality is outstanding.
Not as comfortable for me as the SLR. The nose is very firm and doesn't get any softer with use, gel or no gel. I bought the white model, and the outermost layer began peeling off the friction points on my very first ride. Hope the mfr fixed that problem with better material, but since I don't see any other negative reviews maybe I was just unlucky. Anyhow, this saddle has been relegated to my bad-weather fixie and I won't buy any more white saddles. Reasonable value if discounted.
Installed on my Trek Domane, after stock saddle rail broke. Trek makes great bikes, but can't say too much for their saddles, this Selle Italia is comfortable right out of the box, no break in period needed. Highly recommended.
I highly recommend this saddle. I ride anywhere from 50 to 125 miles per week. The ergonomics has cured all that hurts after a long ride. I wish I had found this saddle 5 years ago! I doubt that I will be investing in another saddle anytime soon.
When I upgrade to my next investment this winter, a Colnago frameset, it will include this product. I am currently riding Bianchi, Campy Super Record, Campy Shamal etc.
After trying about a dozen saddles, including the Fizik Aliante Versus, this seems to work best for me. The only things they can to to improve this saddle is to make it slightly narrower and the cover smooth.
I like the gel and the cut out a lot-the cut out is not too large.
If you are not worried about having the absolute lightest saddle on the block, then this could be a good choice. Gel padded in just the right places for long rides and looks good too. For me, would be better if slightly more narrow, but that is just my personal preference. High quality product.
I replaced the Bontrager saddle on my Trek Madone with this Selle Italia Max Flite Gel, which is a bit wider but still maintains a racing shape. I've ridden it on several medium rides in the past six weeks, the longest being 100K. So far, so good. I didn't experience the need to stand out of the saddle every few minutes for the last third of the ride to give my backside a break. As a larger rider (6'3, 210 lbs) I find the extra width fits my anatomy better. The center groove saves the precious parts. I ride with a Specialized Toupe on my other bike and find this Selle to be more comfortable after two hours than the Specialized.
I purchased this product to replace a Fizik Aliante R7. The Fizik, for me, was extremely firm and too narrow for me. After changing out to the Max Flite Gel Flow, I immediately noticed an increase in comfort and road dampening. When I did a little more aggressive riding and cranked up my output, the saddle felt really good without robbing me of any power output. While this saddle was a very good upgrade for me, unfortunately, it is still a bit narrow for my sit bones. As my quest continues, I will consider other Selle Italia products, or other products with this type of cushion and support. This product was of excellent quality and craftsmanship and I would highly recommend it, if it fits your body!!!
I tried different saddles for several years hunting for one that was comfortable. The Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow finally satisfied my needs. It is comfortable even on century rides and multi-day tours. I have this saddle on four different bikes and I ride a total of 10K miles per year.